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  • Bonnie Hodgdon, academic/student services assistant for the communication department, died recently. More information will follow as it is received. Read a brief statement from the department here.

  • Noé Lugaz

    Noé Lugaz, a research assistant professor in Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, has been awarded the 2014 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by the European Geosciences Union. The award will be presented at the EGU 2014 General Assembly meeting April 27 – May 2, 2014 in Vienna where Lugaz will give an award lecture. 

    The Richter Award recognizes scientific achievements in any field of the geosciences made by a scientist under the age of 35. Four Outstanding Young Scientists awards were announced this year by the EGU, which is Europe’s premier geosciences union with over 12,500 members worldwide.

    Lugaz, a native of Paris, France, is being recognized by the EGU for...

  • A serious vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 through 11 allowing an attacker to gain control of a computer and can lead to data and password theft was recently reported. At this writing, Microsoft has not issued a patch for the problem.

    UNH users should quickly take the following actions to reduce their risk until such time as a patch becomes available. Based on university user feedback and IT assessments, the recommended actions to reduce risk are:

    Disable the Adobe Flash plug-in for IE (most important)Use Internet Explorer only to access UNH Enterprise systems such as Banner and Blackboard. UNH Enterprise systems are listed at here.· Use alternative browsers such as Firefox, Chrome or Safari to access websites and applications other than UNH Enterprise systems· Use a non-administrative account to browse the Internet

    UNH users should update their IE version to at least IE 9. Depending on what UNH systems you access, you may be able to update to...

  • The angel investor market in 2013 continued its upward trend started in 2010 in investment dollars and in the number of investments, according to the 2013 Angel Market Analysis released by the Center for Venture Research at UNH.

    Angels increased their investments in the seed and start-up stage, with 45 percent of 2013 angel investments in the seed and start-up stage, up from 35 percent in 2012.  Angels also exhibited an increased interest in early stage investing with 41 percent of investments in the early stage, up from 33 percent in 2012.

    “This increase in the seed/start-up stage is an encouraging sign since seed capital is the stage of need for our nation’s entrepreneurs,” according to Jeffrey Sohl, director of the UNH Center for Venture Research.

    Angel investments continue to be a significant contributor to job growth with the creation of 290,020 new jobs in the United States in 2013, or 4.1 jobs per angel investment.

    Total investments in 2013 were...

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    Based on work conducted by UNH, coastal New Hampshire communities in Strafford and Rockingham counties have received updated preliminary flood hazard maps as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) nationwide program to update coastal flood hazard maps. 

    The release of the maps is the result of a long-term study led by the New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT) at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS). The study, begun in 2010, involved extensive collaboration with state and local partners and will culminate once the maps and associated reports complete the scheduled public review, appeal, and implementation periods in...

  • Diversity is increasing among America’s youth because of unprecedented population increases of minority children, particularly Hispanic, as well as a significant decline in the number of non-Hispanic white children, according to research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. America’s rapidly changing racial and ethnic composition was seen in increased child diversity between 2007 and 2012 despite the negative effect of the Great Recession, which reduced births among women in their 20s by nearly 15 percent.

    This research is summarized in the Carsey Institute brief “The Increasing Diversity of America’s Youth.” Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology at UNH, wrote the report along with Daniel Lichter, director of the Cornell Population Center and Ferris Family professor in policy analysis and management at Cornell University, and Andrew Schaefer and Luke Rogers, research assistants at the Carsey Institute and doctoral students...

  • Oyster farming is growing in New Hampshire’s Great Bay, but so is a disease that threatens our enjoyment of the tasty shellfish. Four UNH faculty share their collaborative research on the rising incidence of the pathogen Vibrio, which contaminates oyster beds and can cause foodborne illness, and the role climate change plays in its increase. Their lecture, “Climate Change and the Rising Microbial Tide,” on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, is the final faculty research excellence seminar at the University of New Hampshire for this academic year.  

    • Climate Change and the Rising Microbial Tide
    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4–6:30 p.m. (Presentations and discussion: 4-5:30 p.m.; networking reception: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.), Squamscott Room, Holloway Commons, UNH in Durham
    • ...

  • attendees at the pancake breakfast

    I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.         ~Janet Mock 

    On April 9, allies and GLBTQ+ faculty, staff and students filled the MUB Granite State Room for their 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast, co-sponsored by the Kidder Fund and the GLBT commission comprised of volunteers from...

  • Faina Bukher, Annie Crossman, Randy Schroeder

    Faina Bukher (l) and Randy Schroeder (r) present Annie Crossman with her “Create Your Own Story” award at the annual luncheon.

    Eleven years ago, Ruth Abelmann, associate director of residential life, was talking with her colleagues about finding a way to share student stories that would showcase their accomplishments and inspire others to take advantage of all the opportunities UNH has to offer.

    On April 15 the latest results of those decade-old conversations filled the ballroom at Huddleston Hall where the students selected for this year’s “Create Your Own Story” shared theirs. 

    “It really was just an idea I had,” Abelmann says. “The thinking was ‘let’s find a...

  • The UNH Police Department is taking a proactive step to help increase campus safety and communication with the launch of a new free mobile app this spring for UNH students, parents, faculty and staff. This partnership with LiveSafe, Inc., a leader in mobile safety technology, is part of a comprehensive plan to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment.  

    LiveSafe’s technology includes a smartphone application that allows two-way communication and tip reporting, which connects to a central dashboard that will be monitored 24-7 by campus police. Using the LiveSafe app, students can ask safety-related questions and report information with text, picture and video evidence while also choosing to remain anonymous. The LiveSafe app also will provide the UNH community with faster ways to access emergency help, telephone numbers and important educational resources. 

    “As the number of smartphones grows each year, we know that students are using them...


    When Katharine Duderstadt arrived at the Earth Systems Research Center just over a year ago as the newest member of the Sun-to-Ice project, she was given the task of running the Whole Atmosphere Climate Community Model (WACCM for short and pronounced "whack'em") developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 

    Although she had done regional climate modeling in the past, Duderstadt had never worked with a large general circulation or Earth system model. Moreover, it had been more than a dozen years since she'd tackled any scientific research—her hands full instead raising two young daughters—and she had some misgivings about how...

  • “There would be no America if Thomas Jefferson cared more about beans and viticulture than the truth that all men are created equal...”

    So begins a recent article in “Inside Higher Ed” in which the authors argue that an education in the arts and humanities is nothing less than patriotic—the only path to safeguard American democracy. A country built on ideas, dialogue, values, and aspirations, they assert, needs a citizenry educated in the same in order to survive. To do otherwise is to invite narrow-mindedness, friction, and deadlock into our governance, and that, they suggest, is the death of democracy. It’s a strong assertion, but one that has a long history—the ancient Greeks believed much the same.

    In the rush to land jobs and support families, it might be easy to forget that a liberal arts education is intended to...

  • Each year, UNH Manchester recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partners through the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) President’s Awards. This year’s award recipients are Stephanie Parent, junior in the politics and society program; Regina McCarthy, assistant dean of Academic Student Services; and Manchester Water Works.

    Stephanie Parent, a junior in the politics and society program, received the President’s Leadership Award and the 2014 Newman Civic Fellowship.

    Parent, a 2010 graduate of Bedford High School, came to UNH Manchester with a commitment to civic engagement and eager to get involved. In 2012, Parent stepped up as a leader in the Warmth from the Millyard Project where she organized volunteers, identified community partners’ needs, and distributed more than 2,000 items of warm clothing to community organizations such as Food for Children and the...

  • fisherman cleaning fish

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014, UNH will host its first sustainable seafood dinner at Holloway Commons from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. The dinner will highlight locally caught seafood and New England’s fishing community. Credit: Courtesy of NH Sea Grant.

    UNH will host a sustainable seafood dinner Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the Holloway Commons dining hall. The dinner, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., will highlight locally caught seafood and New England’s fishing community. The dinner is free to anyone with a UNH dining plan and open to the public for a charge ($22.95 for adults; $11.50 for children under the age of 10). 

    On the menu...

  • Meeting called to order at 3:11 on March 31, 2014             

    I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Harkless, Kazura, Morgan, Mulligan, Shannon, and Tenczar. Afolayan served as proxy for Mellyn. Connell and Kinghorn were excused.  Lisa MacFarlane and Ed Mueller were guests. 

    II. Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost greeted the senate and informed them that the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) team is on camps and conducting their review, and spoke of the meeting this afternoon at 4 o’clock.  She asked if senate members had any questions for her.  A senator asked how the review was going.  The provost said that many of the questions being asked by the team members, who are from private and public institutions throughout New England...